Off and running
Richmond finds smooth sailing vs. Rocky River
by By Shawn Stinson
ROCKINGHAM — It wasn't perfect, but Richmond Senior coach Paul Hoggard will take it.
The Raiders scored on their first three possessions of the season and cruised to a 37-13 victory over Rocky River Friday night at Raider Stadium.
“We really only had one bad drive,” Richmond coach Paul Hoggard said. “Other than that, I thought for our first game we played pretty well. They played a defense we had not seen from them on film. I thought we handled it pretty well. It could have been because of our senior quarterback.”
Hoggard was talking about Brent Flowers, who rushed for a team-high 183 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Flowers went 6 for 10 and threw for 100 yards and a score.
“They designed their defense to let the quarterback run,” Hoggard said. “And Brent ran pretty good tonight.”
Flowers wasn't the only star on offense for Richmond (1-0). Senior running back Diquon Cox scored three times, two rushing and one receiving. Cox finished the game with 126 rushing yards on nine attempts. He opened the scoring in the first quarter on a screen pass as he sprinted 26 yards down the right sideline into end zone. Cox added touchdown runs of 55 and 16 yards.
“I thought we played with great effort tonight,” Hoggard said. “We will see after we take a took at the film, but for our first game, I liked our effort.”
The Raiders jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the opening moments of the second quarter on a 29-yard field goal by Brandon Greene before the Ravens came storming back to make things interesting. Rocky River scored on back-to-back possessions as Naiil Ramadan and Rashaad Brannon recorded touchdown runs of 7 and 54 yards, respectively, to slice the Richmond advantage to 17-13.
On the ensuing kickoff, Cox appeared to swing the momentum back to Richmond's side with a return for a score, but a penalty negated the touchdown. It didn't matter as three plays later, Miles Grant walked into the end zone for 2 yards out to push the Raiders back out to a two-score lead.
Rocky River was unable to recover following Grant's touchdown. After posting 186 yards of total offense in the first half, the Ravens were limited to 71 in the final 24 minutes.
Richmond defensive coordinator Mark Arthur took the blame for his unit's play in the first two quarters.
“The linebacker coach didn't do a very good job and that's me,” he said. “We didn't do a good job of fitting in behind the line on the run and that let them have big runs. We didn't do a good job of tackling, we were flying in out of control.
“I thought the front four did a pretty good job all night and we didn't do a bad job in coverage. I thought we did a better job in the second half. They say you make a big leap from Week 1 to Week 2, I hope so.”
Richmond will return to action 7:30 p.m. Friday at Myrtle Beach in the Derrick Law Firm Carolinas Kickoff Clash presented by Sports Radio 100.3 The Team.
In games involving Southeastern Conferences schools, Scotland downed South View 41-9 and Pine Forest edged Purnell Swett 14-6.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @scgolfer.
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